UW Undergraduate Academic Affairs E-news
April 2009

Welcome from the Dean

Dean Ed Taylor
Dean Ed Taylor

Where was your most dynamic and interesting class? Was it a large lecture or a small, evocative discussion group? Who was teaching and what were they doing? In this issue of our E-newsletter, we look at students’ experiences in 21st century classrooms. More ...


In the Spotlight

Symposium entrance, photo by David Ryder

Symposium to Shine Light on
Undergraduate Research
With topics ranging from traditional science to the performing arts, UW undergraduates engaged in graduate-level research will present what they've learned at this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 15 in Mary Gates Hall. More...

Videoconferencing Technology Brings World to UW
Technological innovation in the classroom is not simply a matter of moving from the chalk board to the white board or from overhead transparencies to PowerPoint presentations. A key component to the 21st century classroom is implementing communication technology in teaching. More...

Solmaz Mohadjer

Teaching Kids About Earthquakes
While a Pipeline volunteer, Solmaz Mohadjer spent spring breaks in rural Washington helping elementary school students become better readers and writers. Now she's teaching earthquake preparedness to schoolchildren in Tajikistan. More...

James Hong

Hong: 'Hardest Job I've Ever Loved'
For the third year in a row, the UW leads U.S. universities in the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Alum James Hong, '06, began serving in Cambodia last July and sends updates to friends and family in his blog. Read excerpts...

Distinguished Teaching Awards 2009
Distinguished teaching runs deep and wide at the UW and it is no small feat each year to highlight a few and not a few hundred. This year's Distinguished Awardees all represent good, dedicated teaching—the unifying core of the undergraduate experience. Meet our fab five...


UAA in the News

Sam Sudar

Sudar Named Gates Cambridge Scholar
Sam Sudar, honors student and Mary Gates Scholar, is pursuing majors in neurobiology, philosophy and English, along with a minor in music. He's also the most recent UW student selected for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. More...

2009 UW Common Book

2009 Common Book Focuses on Inheritance and Self-Discovery
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, is an honest portrayal of President Barack Obama as a young man on a journey of self-discovery. It's also the UW Common Book for 2009. More...


Upcoming Events

Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership
May 6, 2009

The Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership applauds undergraduates' dedication to service and leadership and the commitment of community partners and faculty to service learning.

12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
May 15, 2009

Hundreds of undergraduates will present their research to a larger audience. The symposium also provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting-edge research topics. More ...

Distinguished Teaching Awards Showcase
May 28, 2009

Hear from several of our Distinguished Teaching Awardees. Each will give a 20-minute mini-class in the same way they teach our undergraduates—complete with new technologies and instructional styles that may be unfamiliar to alumni and parents. More...

For more information contact Sharon Walker, assistant director for Advancement.

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Undergrad Academic Affairs

Pride Points

The UW is one of only 14 schools in the nation to receive an A-minus on the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, which was the highest grade given for 2009.

The UW enrolls more than 2,600 international students from more than 100 countries. The 11,232 international students studying in the state of Washington last year contributed more than $256 million to the state’s economy.

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